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COBA boss: SVOD dominance has been “exaggerated”

The significance of SVODs has been “exaggerated” by the UK press and government, claimed Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasting Association (CoBA), to Lords at a parliamentary evidence session. Minns was speaking as part of an evidence session on Tuesday (14 May), led by the House of Lords Communications Committee as it continues […]

HBO readies two-hour ‘Game Of Thrones’ documentary

HBO is readying a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes on the final series of Game Of Thrones.  The WarnerMedia-owned channel released a 70-second trailer for the doc on Monday (13 May), teasing an air date of 26 May — a week on from next Sunday’s highly anticipated series finale. The 115-minute film — whose […]

TBI Weekly: Is Netflix killing off nuanced drama? (Column)

As SVODs increasingly rely on punchy dramas to draw eyeballs and differentiate their offerings, some producers and writers are concerned that slow-burning stories are an increasingly rare commodity. As Netflix UK goes in search of ‘hooky’ dramas for their platform, TBI asks whether nuanced scripted fare is an endangered offering in the new TV landscape.  […]

A “new game” for German drama

The floodgates have opened for premium German drama after a comparatively slow start in the high-end TV market, and now producers and distributors are thinking about getting ahead of the competition. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports Premium German drama made for an international audience has seen a steady but sharp rise in the past two years, as […]

Essential Media Group opens shop in New Zealand

Essential Media Group has opened shop in New Zealand, scoring a local commission from Sky-owned free-to-air broadcaster Prime. The new business, Essential Media Group NZ, is a Wellington-based joint venture with Libertine Pictures. The outfit opens doors with a commission in hand, having recently struck a deal for a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Griff’s […]

BBC box sets head to Sky, Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royale […]

Comcast to leverage Sky tech for upcoming NBCU streamer

NBCUniversal will tap Sky’s Now TV tech for its upcoming SVOD launch, which focuses on multichannel customers Comcast’s NBCUniversal will tap the technology underlying Sky’s Now TV platform to bring together content that “consumers are currently viewing on other online platforms for free” and put it “altogether in one place” as it rolls out its […]

Inside UK drama’s tipping point

As 2019 kicks off with the anticipation of new drama-packed SVODs, Neal Street Productions co-founder Dame Pippa Harris tells Kaltrina Bylykbashi how the rise of streamers has left UK drama at a dangerous tipping point For Dame Pippa Harris, and her Neal Street Productions, which All3Media brought under its umbrella in 2015, there is much […]

NBCU preps streamer available to Comcast, Sky customers

NBCUniversal is preparing to join the streaming ranks next year, with a platform that will also be accessible to Sky subscribers outside the US. The platform is to be made available to subscribers of NBCUniversal parent group Comcast, as well as European pay-TV operator Sky, which was acquired last year. It is to launch in […]

STV and Sky agree five-year strategic partnership

STV and Sky have signed a five-year strategic partnership, which will give customers in Scotland access to STV’s on-demand player on their set top boxes for the first time. Sky customers in STV’s broadcast licence areas will be able to catch up on STV programming from Coronation Street to Britain’s Got Talent on Sky Q and Sky+ […]

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